FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- With news that third-year defensive end Jermaine Cunningham has been suspended four games due to a violation of the NFL's policy on performance enhancing substances, veteran Trevor Scott looks ready to take on a more active defensive role.
"If it does increase, I feel like I'll be ready for it," Scott said on Monday. "You can't control what goes on, but I will control what I do on Sundays, and I'll go through preparing well this week and just get ready to win the game."
Scott said he doesn't know specifically how Cunningham's absence will alter his role, if at all.
"I don't really know what's going to happen as far as [the] depth chart or whatever, but I'll definitely be preparing to get a more active role this week," he said.
The fifth-year veteran has played a combined 51 snaps in the past two games, during which he has served in essentially the third defensive end role, as Chandler Jones has been out with an ankle injury (suffered during Week 11).
Regardless of how much he expects to play this week, Scott said his preparation remains the same.
"It doesn't change," Scott noted. "I'm just going to keep doing what I've been doing all week and see what happens."
He added that he and his fellow defensive ends have a next-man-up policy in the event of injuries or other circumstances.
"Yeah we have a set-up so as soon as somebody goes down, it's the next man in," he said. "And you're expected to perform just as well as anybody else. That's why we work hard every week to stay mentally and physically prepared."
Scott, signed as a free agent this offseason, has six tackles in nine games with the Patriots.